Apr 22, 2024

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park

Majestic old-growth trees, beautiful ocean sunsets and an inviting, wide sandy beach with campsites nestled amongst mature Douglas fir trees makes Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park in Parksville one of the premier vacation destinations on Vancouver Island. The park was established in April 1967 and is 347 hectares (107 hectares upland and 240 hectares foreshore).

At low tide the ocean recedes almost a kilometre, providing an ideal place for visitors of all ages to play in the sand and explore the shoreline. When the tide rolls in over the sun-baked sand, the warmed water is unbeatable for swimming and saltwater fun.

Rathtrevor Beach is ideal for a relaxed family outing. Simply sit back and soak up the seaside atmosphere or take a walk through the wooded upland area of the park. All campsites are within a five-minute walk to the two kilometre stretch of sandy beach. The park also features a large day-use area, perfect for an afternoon picnic.

Bird watching is also a popular activity at the park, particularly in the spring when large numbers of seabirds congregate for the annual herring spawn. During February, March and April, Rathtrevor Beach is also one of the best spots on the Island to view the migrating Brant geese.

The BC Parks website for Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park provides, maps and brochures, information on activities, facilities, and reservations. https://bcparks.ca/explore/parkpgs/rathtrevor/

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park is located three kilometres south of Parksville on Highway 19a, on central Vancouver Island. Take exit #51 from the Inland Island Highway (Highway #19) and follow signs to the park.

Dogs not permitted on beach areas
Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash and under control all times. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Pets are not permitted in the day use beach areas of the park. Pets are allowed on the beach adjacent to the campground between May 1 and February 14; however, they must be on a leash. Please observe posted signs. To protect migratory Brant geese, pets should be kept a minimum of 100 metres from all beaches, February 15 to April 30.

Rathtrevor Beach Provincial park is operated by RLC Enterprize Ltd.

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